National Partner Helmuth Aguilar Navarro, an instructor I trained several years ago, recently completed two workshops with a group of pastors and ministry leaders in Santa Tecla.
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Report from National Partner Helmuth Aguilar
(Translated from Spanish) Workshops 1 and 2 were held at the Santa Tecla Christian Reformed Church, with the participation of members of the local church and three leaders of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
It was held during weekend afternoon hours for the convenience of the participants. Students from the Orthodox Presbyterian Church were provided with transportation to arrive on time after Sunday service and we were able to eat lunch together. In the middle of the afternoon we were able to share a coffee.
We have the presence of the pastor of the Christian Reformed Church to accompany the group.
Giving these workshops was a new opportunity to share the Bible and the teachings of manuals one and two of the Timothy Project, whose objective is to reproduce in others, to some extent, the model of commissions that the apostle-missionary Paul of Tarsus Tarso made to his son in the gospel Timothy of Lystra .
The sessions have been very educational for each of the students. In the workshops there were interactive spaces for comments, questions and contributions from each of the congregants.
Today I testify that the preparation of the facilitator in each of the lessons effectively helps and guides the learning and motivation of the students with a view to reproducing the project in new facilitators.
Also the study of the nature of God and his attributes reaffirms the faith of the participants. Approaching from the dialogue, the definition and application of the study of the saving work in the fallen nature of the human being restores his relationship with God, with his neighbor and with himself, by serving God focused on what others live. They need and expect people like us who strive to be consistent with the teachings of the word of God.
I want to add that one of the students, Jaime Olmedo, had already completed workshops 3 and 4, taught by Pastor Dan Sonnenberg , so now he has completed the entire “Growing in Grace” series. The other 6 students will be waiting to receive workshops 3 and 4.
Testimonials and Comments
Jaime Olmedo comments:
“For me, the most uplifting lesson in workshop 1 was lesson 11. God is omnipresent. In my life, God is present in different ways, at different times and in different places, this reminded me that God is in my work and guides me. This motivated me to read the Bible again every day before starting my workday.”
“In Workshop 2, in Lesson 20, I learned something new with the topic, what is perseverance? That my perseverance in faith does not depend on me, but God is the one who perseveres with the saints. It does not depend on my effort, everything depends on divine initiative.”
Manuel de Jesus Flores says :
“For me it is always a blessing to have the opportunity to study the word of God. It’s great to feel like a student again.”
I thank God for the blessing of sharing with the brothers, the doctrines of grace that leads me to meditate on how good God is for us believers and also understand that all the blessings we have in Christ. I can recognize that the Lord did not lose any detail to save us from the wrath to come. I also recognize that everything is a divine initiative from start to finish, so to God alone be the glory.
Antonio Alexander Ponce comments :
“As a student of Workshops 1 and 2 of Timothy 2 I was able to become interested in and understand the nature and attributes of God. This has been impregnated in my life and motivates me to continue reviewing the lessons that we were able to share with the brothers and to be able to share with others”.
José Vásquez tells us:
“I consider workshops 1 and 2 interesting and appealing. In the first, I would like to continue deepening the doctrine of the trinity and its practical implications.
On the other hand, workshop two, loving God, interested me in the emphasis that it develops by always placing God at the center of the teaching and how he poured out his love for us and restored our fallen nature through his Spirit.
I want to tell you that it is the first time that I have participated in a study like this one, I have been coming to church for some time, but without putting much interest in it, almost only to accompany my parents, but I can recognize that God has now put an interest in my life so that I can participate and want to know more about Him and thus be able to love Him more”.
Francis Lara says:
“I have been participating in the Bible studies that the pastor gives us in our Orthodox Presbyterian community, however, I felt that to better develop my ministry it was necessary to participate in these workshops. I am very motivated to take workshops 3 and 4.
Apart from reliving these beautiful teachings, I had the opportunity to share interactively with each of the fellow students”.
Topics in TTPI’s “Growing in Grace” Series of Workshops
- Knowing God: His Divine Attributes (Theology Proper). God is Trinity, self-existent, infinite, eternal, unchanging, self-sufficient, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, great, sovereign, all-wise, good, loving, gracious, jealous, just, true and holy.
- Loving God: Transformed from Darkness to Light (Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology). The doctrine of man, sin and depravity. The doctrine of Christ: Jesus as the God-man, his state of humiliation, his state of exaltation, his role as Prophet, as Priest, as King and his atonement. Soteriology and pneumatology: election, effective calling, regeneration, repentance, faith, justification, adoption, baptism of the Spirit, sanctification, perseverance and glorification.
- Trusting God: Practicing Kingdom Living in Relationships, Social Issues and Personal Issues (Practical Theology 1). What the Bible says about husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, children, friends, church, the world, government authority, divorce, sexual sin, homosexuality, abortion, work, money, oaths and vows, fear, sickness, grief, suicide and death.
- Serving God: Serving in the Church, the Community and the World (Practical Theology 2). Serving God as a pastor, elder, deacon, teacher, in cell groups, men’s ministries, women’s ministries, youth ministries, children’s ministries, through worship, hospitality, giving, by meeting material needs of others, promoting justice, working unto the Lord, living as “salt and light,” through prayer, through humility, by sending missionaries, by going as missionaries, discerning your call to serve.